Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research

ASTR 4431: Physics of Stars, Neutron Stars and Black Holes

InstructorsIra M. Wasserman
Credit Hours4
Prerequisites

Mathematics above the 2200 level, Physics above the 3000 level; Recommended prerequisite: Physics 4443

Typically OfferedFall

Major topics include: the structure and evolution of stars; solar neutrino astronomy; stellar seismology; the physics of white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes; the physics of low mass stars and connection to planets. Basic ideas in atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear and particle physics, fluid mechanics and general relativity are introduced in a practical fashion that emphasizes concepts useful for understanding astrophysical phenomena.